It’s no wonder Charlotte homeowners are taking a second look at remodeling their whole home rather than trying to buy a new one. The housing market is transitioning from tight to tighter according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. In fact, at the current sales pace there was a mere 1.6 months of supply in the city of Charlotte itself in June, down from an already scant 2.3 months of inventory the previous year.
Tighter inventories mean less selection and higher prices. Combine that with the stress of house hunting, costs of moving, and emotional impact of leaving behind neighbors and memories, and the whole home remodel is a very appealing option!
MINIMIZE THE DISRUPTION
Survive construction in your home just once. The strongest reason in support of remodeling your whole home all at one time is convenience!
Remodeling projects that are done piecemeal while you live in your home are disruptive to everyday life. Portions of your living space are unavailable during various phases of construction. Plus, it’s messy. Why put yourself, your family, and even your family pets though that stress multiple times?
According to Chelsea Allard, a designer in Charlotte, it’s much more convenient to move out for a few months while the entire house is being renovated.
“During a big remodel it’s so much nicer for the client to temporarily live elsewhere during major construction,” said Allard. “That way you live in relative comfort while your home undergoes its transformation.”
A SEAMLESS DESIGN PLAN THAT FLOWS
A walk through the ages. We’ve all been in a home that takes you through the history of interior design as you walk from room to room. Perhaps the kitchen was cutting edge in the ‘90s, the living and dining rooms are the original 1960s traditional decor, the master bathroom is straight out of the ‘80s, and the basement is beautifully lined with paneling from 1972.
That’s what happens when a home is remodeled piecemeal rather than as one contiguous project.
When you remodel an entire home at once, every space is incorporated into one unified design plan. Style, colors, textures, and materials all work together as if the house was brand new. After all, the best remodels look like they fit in with the remainder of the home.
“Once a kitchen is complete it’s pretty common for a homeowner to remodel other spaces in the home shortly thereafter,” said Charlotte remodeling designer Melissa Haas. “After they see their gorgeous new space and compare it to the rest of the house they want to update everything else to look new.”
AVAILABILITY OF MATERIALS CHANGES OVER TIME
Inventory turns over regularly in home design. Just like the latest clothing fashions change from season to season, manufacturers routinely come out with new tile designs, flooring options, fixtures, cabinet families, and so on. Older styles are then retired.
When you remodel rooms that touch at two different times you may find yourself searching for hardwoods that closely match or pair if the original material is discontinued. The only other option is to lay new flooring in both spaces.
That’s not a problem when you remodel everything at once!
IMPROVE PERSONAL COMFORT
A home energy system is an integrated plan. Insulation, windows, air sealing, and HVAC work together to keep your home comfortable year round.
Whole home remodeling is the ideal time to optimize the entire energy system because things are already under construction.
“We bring in our HVAC experts to make sure the home’s comfort systems are properly sized and air is properly distributed to the areas we are adding or redesigning,” said Brad Little, a longtime remodeling consultant in Charlotte.
Today’s energy codes are much different than when many of the area’s older homes were built.
“A close review will show us exactly where there are deficiencies in the current system,” said Little. “Then if we need to redesign air ducts, add more insulation, or replace windows and doors we can address the entire audit as part of the overall remodeling plan.”
When you remodel a single room or build a new addition, the affected space must be brought up to the current energy codes. You are not required to meet code in untouched space. That means you could end up with one or two energy efficient rooms in the house while the rest is still leaking hot and cold air.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Interior light is an essential element of interior design. Light sets the mood, adds to the design aesthetic of a space, is critical to the functionality of a space, and even impacts personal health and well being.
There are many sources of light inside of a home including the natural light from windows and doors to layers of artificial light in the form of recessed LEDs, chandeliers, pendants, under cabinet, lamps, sconces, exterior lights, and even night lights.
One of the benefits of an entire home remodel is that the overall design plan can address lighting as a whole. New windows, skylights, and artificial lighting solutions can contribute to health and safety when they are thoughtfully planned out.
ARE YOU READY FOR A WHOLE HOME REMODEL IN CHARLOTTE?
If you live in the greater Charlotte area and are considering a large-scale remodeling project on your house, schedule a free consultation with one of our talented designers at Case Design/Remodeling in Charlotte. We’ll put you in touch with previous clients and customize a remodeling design for your home based on your style, needs, and budget.